European Orders and Decorations to 1945

European Orders and Decorations to 1945

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By (author) Peter Duckers

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  • Publisher: SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 206mm x 8mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 21 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 0747806705
  • ISBN 13: 9780747806707
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 542,573

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Since the early Middle Ages, the royal families of Europe have rewarded loyal service with a wide range of Orders of Knighthood and Chivalry. Although many ancient Orders have fallen into disuse over time, many European states continue to award Orders for distinguished service and the exquisite badges and decorative objects are studied and collected widely. Expert medal collector Peter Duckers describes the range of European Orders conferred before 1945, some of which stretch back hundreds of years. A brief introduction to a fascinating subject, this is an ideal reference book for anyone interested in collecting these rare and valuable objects.

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Author information

Peter Duckers has been a collector of British campaign and gallantry medals for thirty-five years and now specializes in awards to the Indian Army. He has written numerous magazine and journal articles about medals and is a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society, a member of the Orders and Medals Research Society and the Indian Military Historical Society. He is curator of the Shropshire Regimental Museum in Shrewsbury Castle.

Table of contents

Introduction The Orders Albania Andorra Austria Belgium Bohemia Bulgaria Burgundy Byzantine Empire Courland Croatia Czechoslovakia Denmark Ephemeral or International Orders Estonia Finland France Germany: The German States Germany: The German Empire Germany: The Third Reich Great Britain Greece The Holy Land Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy: The Italian States Italy Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Monaco Montenegro The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Prussia Romania The Russian Empire San Marino Serbia Slovakia Sovereign Orders Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics The Vatican Yugoslavia Further Reading Collecting Orders and Decorations Index